Netflix might have pioneered the binge-viewing format, but every once in a while, it breaks from tradition. Take the upcoming series “Between,” which will premiere globally on May 21. Though, where you watch might depend on where you live. And you’ll have less flexibility over when.
A co-production between Netflix and Canadian companies City and shomi, “Between” stars grown-up “iCarly” cast member Jennette McCurdy, and features a premise that should appeal to anyone who’s consumed a CW series like “The 100”: “‘Between’ is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.”
That’s the official synopsis for the six-episode hour long series; below is McCurdy’s Tweet announcing the release date and trailer for the series — which also reveals that the show will be released on a weekly basis:
That’s right, not all at once. Because Netflix is collaborating with City and shomi on this project, episodes will premiere on the streaming service the same day they premiere on Canadian television. City is a Canadian broadcast network and shomi is a Netflix-esque streaming service only available in Canada — which means Netflix Canada will not be streaming the series until a year after its premiere.
Netflix has shown flexibility in its release strategies before; for example, its animated kids originals currently tend to release new episodes in blocks of six. But it’s been a while since they’ve had to adhere to a weekly format. We’ll have to see whether fans rush to Netflix every Thursday this summer — or if they just wait until the entire series is available.